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Scribner Book Company
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA. She was awarded a John S. Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing, and has received citations from the National Book Foundation, PEN America, and the Hemingway Society. She is the author of The Walking People, Fever, and Ask Again, Yes--a New York Times bestseller and a Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Summer Reads Pick. Ask Again, Yes has been sold in twenty-two languages. She lives in New York with her family.


"[A] gripping historical novel...Mary Beth Keane gives Mary her own voice, creating a richly sympathetic and provocative portrait of the very real person behind the pariah."--Caroline Leavitt "The San Francisco Chronicle "
"In Mary Beth Keane's wholly absorbing, deeply moving new novel, Mallon emerges as a woman of fierce intelligence and wrongheaded conviction...Transforming a lived past into riveting fiction, Keane gives us a novel that thrums with life, and a heroine whose regrets, though entirely specific, feel utterly familiar."--Kate Tuttle "The Boston Globe "
"Keane builds a sympathetic character...the result is that, while we occasionally forget that Mary's disease is inherently linked with her fate, we never lose sight of her as an afflicted individual."--G. Clay Whittaker "The Daily Beast "
"[Keane] is a talented storyteller, her style plain and steady, not unlike Mary's demeanor. What's most remarkable about this novel is its brilliantly visceral vision of everyday life in early-1900s New York City, a rich and detailed working-class backdrop filled with the sights, sounds and smells of tenement squalor, overcrowded apartments, unsanitary conditions, sweatshops, and streets teaming with people trying to survive...If you have an appetite for historical fiction, this novel could be infectious."--Don Oldenburg "USA Today "
"[A] tender, detailed portrayal of willed ignorance collapsing in the face of truth...A fine novel."--Patrick McGrath "The New York Times Book Review "
"[Keane] paints a more sympathetic portrait than ever before...[A] fascinating story."--David Martindale "Fort Worth Star-Telegram "
"[Keane] constructs a vivid and compelling backstory for her heroine, and a wonderfully complete picture of life of New York City in the early 20th century."--Karen Croke "Westchester Journal-News "
"An absorbing and beautifully written novel..."--Rose Solari "The Washington Independent Review of Books "
"In this compelling historical novel, the infamous Typhoid Mary is given great depth and humanity by the gifted Keane...A fascinating, often heartbreaking novel."--Joanne Wilkinson "Booklist (starred review) "
"Keane continues to impress with Fever, her historical novel about Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary...Keane resurrects New York City in all its teeming, sometimes seamy splendor."--Susan Grimm "Cleveland Plain-Dealer "
"Mary Beth Keane inhabits Typhoid Mary in the infectiously readable Fever."--Elissa Schappell "Vanity Fair "
"[Fever] is fluent and confident...Even if you aren't interested in the medical detective story, you'll enjoy the rich portrayal of work and class divisions at the turn of the 20th century."--Brigitte Frase "Minneapolis Star-Tribune "
"[An] excellent novel...Keane takes the facts and spins a probable life in such a way that one cannot help but cheer Mary on despite the knowledge that she carried potential death with her at all times. Looking back on Typhoid Mary a century later, Keane has given her the justice that eluded her during her lifetime."--Tamela McCann "Historical Novels Review (Editors' Choice) "
"Fans of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will find stirring parallels in Fever. Ultimately, this is a story that provokes a deeper understanding of the tenuous relationship between love, personal liberty and the common good."--W.S. Lyon "Bookpage "
"Like the silent carrier who is its heroine, this novel is so quietly assured that you won't suspect it capable of transmitting such violence. It will seize you with its breathtaking intensity, its authority, and its beating heart."--Eleanor Henderson, author of Ten Thousand Saints
"Fever manages to rescue a demonized woman from history and humanize her brilliantly. Mary Beth Keane brings to light a moving love story behind the headlines, and she carries the reader forward with such efficiency, you will hardly notice how graceful are her sentences and how entwined you have become with this fascinating, heart-breaking story."--Billy Collins
"I read [Fever] in a fever--the fever of emotional suspense that makes all the best books so essential...Mary Mallon is a show-stopping, strong-willed, heartbreaking heroine, and the New York in which she lived a hundred years ago comes stunningly alive as the backdrop for the story of her long and rich but star-crossed life."--Julia Glass "Omnivoracious.com "
"Keane has replaced the 'Typhoid Mary' cliché with a memorable and emotional human story."--Andrea Brooks "Library Journal "
"Fever is a gripping, morally provocative story of love and survival that will take you by surprise at every turn. It is also a radiant portrait of a uniquely indomitable woman and of a uniquely tumultuous time in the history of our country. Bravely and brilliantly, Keane has brought to life the intimate human tragedy obscured by the scornful cliché 'Typhoid Mary'; you will never utter those words again without remembering, and mourning, the real Mary Mallon."--Julia Glass, author of Three Junes and The Widower's Tale
"In Keane's assured hands, [Mary Mallon] becomes a sympathetic, complex and even inspiring character...Not only is Fever a compelling read for anyone who gets drawn into medical mystery shows, it will also send shivers through anyone who's ever felt the ill effects of gossip or hypocrisy."--O, the Oprah magazine
"A novel as rich in drama and the turn-of-the-20th-century atmosphere of New York as Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City is of Chicago...[Fever] is part science mystery, part love story, part legal thriller--but, finally, just a damn good novel."--Shelf Awareness
"Keane's Mallon is a fiercely independent woman grappling with work, love, pride and guilt...A memorable biofiction that turns a malign figure of legend into a perplexing, compelling survivor."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Keane rescues Typhoid Mary from her 'cautionary tale' status by telling her true story...Fever seldom disappoints in capturing the squalid new world where love exists in a battlefield both biological and epochal."--Publishers Weekly